3CCD System: The Panasonic
VDR-D300 DVD camcorder uses a 3CCD system, with three distinct 1/6" CCDs for
processing. A 3CCD system results in no light loss, giving you vivid color, fine
detail and rich gradation. The camcorder has the following number of pixels:
- Total Pixels: 800,000
total pixels x 3 CCDs for a total of 2,400,000 pixels (2.4 Megapixels)
- Effective Pixels:
- Moving Pictures:
- 640,000 effective pixels
x 3 CCDs (1.92 Megapixels) for 4:3 images
- 540,000 effective pixels
x 3 CCDs (1.62 Megapixels) for 16:9 widescreen images
- Still Images:
- 710,000 effective pixels
x 3 CCDs (2.13 megapixels) for 4:3 images
- 540,000 effective pixels
x 3 CCDs (1.62 Megapixels total) for 16:9 widescreen images
LCD Monitor: This unit features
a 2.7" color LCD monitor (with approximately 123,000 pixels) for framing moving and still images while
recording and for viewing recorded movies and digital still images. It can swing out 90°, and while
opened, the monitor can rotate 270° (180° forward and 90° backward). When
rotated a full 180°, the image is inverted so it can be properly viewed from the
front of the camcorder. The color viewfinder also turns on when the LCD is
facing forward. For best viewing, the color and brightness of the monitor can be
Color Viewfinder: In addition
to the 2.7" color LCD monitor, the camera also features a 0.3" color LCD
viewfinder (with approximately 123,000 pixels).
Optics: The camcorder is
equipped with a superior-quality Leica Dicomar lens, which was specifically
designed for digital video cameras. Drawing on Leica's renowned optical
technology, this advanced lens captures clear, crisp, finely nuanced images with
outstanding detail and contrast. The multi-coating applied during manufacturing
minimizes flare and ghosts.
Recording Media (Video): The
VDR-D300 can record video on 8cm (3") single-sided or double-sided DVDs. The
camcorder is compatible with the following types of blank DVDs:
- DVD-R: DVD-R for General
Ver.2.0--One-time recording disc
- DVD-RW: DVD-RW Ver.1.1/2x
Speed (2x/1x)--Rewritable when recorded in DVD Video Recording (VR) format,
or One-time recording when recorded in DVD Video format.
- DVD-RAM: DVD-RAM
Ver.2.1--Rewritable when recorded in DVD Video Recording (VR) format.
Speed/Playback Time: The VDR-D300 records in Variable Bit Rate (VBR),
meaning the bit rate varies depending upon the subject being recorded. If a
subject with sharp movements is recorded, the recording time is reduced. You can record video in three speeds,
XP (9 Mbps), SP (5 Mbps), and LP (2.5 Mbps). XP has the best image quality, and gives you approximately 18
minutes of recording time on a single side of a 8cm recordable DVD. SP gives you
standard quality recording and approximately 37 minutes recording time. For the
maximum recording time, you can choose LP, which gives you approximately 75
minutes per single side, but sacrifices the video quality.
Recording Media (Still Images):
In addition to recording video on blank DVDs, the VDR-D300 can record digital
still images on SD Memory Cards. The camcorder can accept SD cards in 8 MB, 16
MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB sizes. It can also
accept miniSD cards with adapter in 32MB, 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, and 512 MB
sizes. Digital still images can be recorded at 1920 x 1080 (16:9), 2048 x 1512
(4:3), 1280 x 960 (4:3), 620 x 480 (4:3) pixels, with two selectable
picture quality compression settings: high and normal.
Memory Card Capacity: The
number of recordable images on SD cards:
SD Card Size
1920 x 1080
2048 x 1512
1280 x 960
620 x 480
Finalizing Discs: In order to
play back a DVD-R or DVD-RW (recorded in Video format) on other devices, such as
a DVD player, you must first finalize the disc. Dual-sided discs must be
finalized on both sides. Finalized DVD-RW discs can be un-finalized so it can be
recorded on again. Note: DVD-RAM discs and DVD-RW (recorded in VR format)
can only be played on devices that specifically support those formats.
Editing/Deleting Scenes: On
DVD-RAM and DVD-RW (VR format) discs, you can delete unwanted scenes one at a
time, or multiple scenes from a thumbnail display. Scenes can also be divided
and combined. You can create playlists of your favorite recorded scenes. Up to
99 playlists or up to 999 playlist scenes can be created on a single side of a
disc. Note: Scenes on DVD-R or DVD-RW (Video format) cannot be deleted or
Still picture files on the SD card can be deleted one at a time, or multiple
images from a thumbnail display. For images you wish to protect from accidental
erasure, you can lock the selected files. All images, including locked images,
are deleted if the card is reformatted.
DPOF Setting: You can write the
data of still pictures to be printed and the number of copies of each onto the
SD card. The camcorder uses Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), so you can take
the SD card to a photo printing shop or device that supports DPOF to make
PictBridge: You can connect the
camcorder directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer via the supplied USB
cable. This allows you to make prints of your still photos without having to
download them first to a computer.
The Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.)
minimizes hand shake that can occur
with handheld shots. Since the system is optical, there is no degradation in the
quality of the image. The Mega O.I.S. system automatically doubles the
corrective power when you're shooting still images.
Focus: The VDR-D300 lets you
focus automatically or focus on your subject manually using the joystick
control. The Auto/Manual focus button is located on the left side of the
camcorder under the LCD monitor flap.
Zoom Function: The optical zoom
of the lens magnifies the subject up to 10 times. The digital zoom function is useful when you want to record close-up
shots of subjects located beyond the optical zoom
range. With the Digital Zoom Function, you can
select a total magnification of 25x or 700x. Note: The Digital Zoom
function is not available when shooting digital still images.
Soft Skin: When this function
detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This helps make wrinkles
and lines appear less noticeable and preserves resolution in other areas of the
picture. If there is anything in the background that's the same color, it will
also be softened.
High Speed Shutter: The high
speed shutter feature gives the ability to record fast-moving objects for improved playback. You can
manually select any of the following shutter speeds for video:
1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000,
1/3000, 1/4000, or 1/8000. When taking digital still photos, you can choose
1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500/, or
1/2000. If you choose not to manually select the shutter
speed, the camcorder can automatically a shutter speed for you.
Manual Iris Adjustment: You can
manually select one of the following iris settings: Close, F16, F14, F11, F9.6,
F8, F6.8, F5.6, F4.8, F4.0, F3.4, F2.8, F2.4, F2.0, Open, 0dB, 3dB, 6dB, 9dB,
12dB, 15dB, and 18dB. You can also choose to set the exposure (iris and shutter
Auto/Manual White Balance
Adjustment: When the white balance is correct, all other colors
will be accurately reproduced. White Balance Settings include: Auto, Indoor
Mode (shooting under incandescent or halogen lighting), Outdoor Mode, and Manual mode.
Backlight Compensation: This
feature prevents a recording subject that is in front of a light source from
looking too dark.
Aspect Ratio: The camcorder allows
you to record video and still images that are compatible with either wide-screen
TVs (16:9) or regular TVs (4:3).
Auto Ground-Directional Standby (AGS):
This function prevents unnecessary recording when you forget to pause recording
and walk with the unit tilted upside down while recording continues. If the unit
continues to be tilted upside down from a normal horizontal position while
recording on a disc, it is automatically set to recording pause.
Power Save: When the power save
mode is on, after 5 minutes without any camcorder operation, the power turns
off. If the camcorder is connected via USB to a computer, or the AC adapter is in use, the power save
function is disabled.
USB Port: The
VDR-D300 has a Mini USB Ver.2.0 port for transferring digital video to your computer.
The USB port is 2.0 High Speed compatible. See below for computer compatibility information.
A/V Output: This
unit has a proprietary audio/video output for use with the supplied A/V cable. The
A/V cable has stereo audio, S-Video and composite video plugs.
You can record yourself in digital still images when using the self-timer
feature. The self-timer is set to 10 seconds.
Scene Modes: You may
select automatic exposures under specific recording situations. There are five
Scene Mode choices:
- Sports Mode: For scenes
involving quick movements, such as sports scenes
Portrait Mode: The camcorder
will focus on the main subject of the image and leaves the background
slightly out of focus
- Low Light Mode: Preserves
the mood of dim light settings without altering picture brightness
Spotlight Mode: Neutralizes the additional brightness created by a spot light
Surf and Snow Mode: Compensates for excessive illumination from sun glare to produce a clear
Fade In/Out Functions: The fade
in/out functions bring images and sounds in and out from a black or white screen.
Zoom Microphone: The microphone
zooms in along with the picture, enabling you to pinpoint distant sound
emanating from your subject.
Wind Noise: When recording in
windy conditions, you can reduce the audio distortion caused by the wind hitting
the microphone by engaging the Wind Noise Reduction function.
allows you to shoot full color video in very low light. 0 Lux MagicPix allows
you to shoot in total darkness by using the light from the LCD screen (which
turns white in this mode) to illuminate a subject up to approximately 3.9 feet. Because it uses a slow shutter speed,
motion jitter will be much greater, so use of a tripod is recommended. Minimum illumination is
12 lux for normal recording, and 1 lux in MagicPix mode.
AC Adapter/Battery Charger: The
supplied PV-DAC14D AC adapter allows you to operate the camcorder on AC current
and doubles as a battery charger.
Battery Performance: The
supplied CGR-DU12 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery pack (7.2 volts/1150 mAh) has the following
maximum continuously recording and charging times:
||1 hour 25
||1 hour 20
||1 hour 35
||1 hour 30
||1 hour 40
||1 hour 35
Charging Time (approximate)
2 hours 25 minutes
USB Connection: The
VDR-D300 is equipped with a Mini USB Ver.2.0 connection. The port is USB 2.0
High Speed compatible. You can connect the camcorder to your computer via the
supplied USB cable for transferring digital video and still images.
Discs recorded on this unit must first be finalized, and the computer must have
the proper DVD playback software installed before discs can be played.
The camcorder includes CD-ROM software with the following applications:
(Windows): configures the camcorder as a drive on a computer
4.2(Windows): for playing back and editing VR format motion pictures
(Windows): for creating a DVD-Video disc
Pixe VRF Browser
EX (Macintosh): for importing motion pictures recorded on disc to a
(Macintosh): for creating DVD-Video and Video CD discs
The minimum requirements for the Windows or Macintosh computers are as
IBM PC/AT Compatible Personal
DVD-RAM Driver and
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows XP Professional Edition
2000 Professional SP4
Windows XP Home Edition SP2
Windows XP Professional Edition SP2
Intel Pentium III 450 MHz or
higher (1 GHz or higher recommended)
Intel Celeron 633 MHz or higher
Pentium III 800 MHz or higher
128 MB or more (256 MB or
||256 MB or
more (512 MB or more recommended
High Color (16-bit) or more
Desktop resolution of 800x600 pixels or more (1024x768 pixels or
4MB video memory or more
(16-bit) or more
Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or more
4MB video memory or more
Free Hard Disk Space
200 MB or more
200 MB or
DirectX 8.1 or later
Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later
9.0b or later
Windows-compatible sound device
Windows-compatible sound device
Pixe VRF Browser EX
Mac OS X v10.2.8, v10.3.4 to
v10.3.9, v10.4.1 to v10.4.2
Mac OS X Server is not supported
iMac G4, iMac G5, iBook G4,
PowerBook G4, PowerMac G5, eMac, Mac mini Series with USB 2.0 port
as a standard equipment, PowerPC G4 or above
256 MB or more (512 MB or
Minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels,
32,000 colors (Full color recommended)
(Will not run correctly with a screen smaller than 1024 x 768 or
with less than 256 colors)
Free Hard Disk Space
required for installation: approx 200 MB
1 GB or
more space in Startup Disk is required when operating
creating a disc or disc image, you will need three times as much
space as the size of the disc itself
Pre-installed QuickTime 6 or
DVD Video Recording Format
DVD-Video format (DVD-RW/DVD-R)
MPEG2 Motion Pictures:
Program stream and Elementary Stream
Still Pictures: PICT Format
Direct Reading from DVD media
Warranty: The warranty on the
is 90 days labor and 1 year parts, except for the CCD image sensor, which is 6 months.